Letterpress Copybooks, 1897-1916

Much of Theodore Roosevelt’s outgoing correspondence was copied onto letterpress pages to make a retained copy for his own records. When pressed, ink from the original letter absorbed into the tissue-paper thin pages, transferring the typed and handwritten text in a readable form. The subjects contained in those letters ranged from short replies on routine matters to extensive observations about issues of national or personal interest. His letters to friends could also include discussions on literature, mutual associates, or updates about the active Roosevelt children and the family’s menagerie of pets. The letters sent by Roosevelt and his secretaries often responded directly to incoming communications received from friends, colleagues, and the general public, many of which may be found in Series 1 of the Theodore Roosevelt Papers.